Outstanding Achievement Awards

IBC2019 Awards LogoOur Outstanding Achievement Awards - the International Honour for Excellent, Judges' Prize, Special Awards and Best Technical Paper - may be drawn from the nominations from the Innovation Awards, Young Pioneer Award or Social Impact Award, or may be another project from the wider industry that has attracted the attention of the judges.

You cannot submit an entry for the Outstanding Achievement Awards, these are awarded at the judges' discretion. To submit an entry to another IBC Awards category, please click below.

International Honour for Excellence

The highest honour IBC bestows, the International Honour for Excellence is awarded each year to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the media, entertainment and technology industry. Past winners have included Director Mr Ang Lee, Olympic Broadcasting Services, Sir David Attenborough for a career spanning 60 years of endlessly innovative wildlife television and Dolby Laboratories for more than 50 years of continual improvement in sound.

In 2018 the International Honour for Excellence was presented to Sesame Workshop co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney for her life's work in changing children's lives through media. 

Judges' Prize

The Judges’ Prize may be drawn from the nominations in the three Innovation Award categories, or it may be another project which has caught the judges' eye because of its creative, technical or commercial imagination.

Past winners of the Judges' Prize include Stereoscopic 3D coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and NASA for chronicling the exploration of space, for collaborating with film-makers, for continuing to make the content available and for advancing the science and craft of imaging.

In 2018 the Judges' Prize went to Econet for TV everywhere in sub-Saharan Africa.

Special Awards

When there is a person or programme has gone the extra mile and achieved something truly remarkable, IBC will give a Special Award. 

Past examples have included the NHK development of Super Hi-Vision, Sky Television’s 3D coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Atlantic Productions’ remarkable documentary Flying Monsters 3D with Sir David Attenborough, and SMPTE to celebrate their 100 year history. 

In 2018 the Special Award went to the BBC.

Best Technical Paper

The Technical Papers programme is seen as the most important global arena to unveil the latest in cutting edge research.

The Technical Papers Committee review every paper submitted, selecting the best papers to be presented at the IBC Conference. From their deliberations they also chose the single paper which best combines innovative thinking and clarity of presentation, with the author receiving the IBC Best Technical Paper Award.